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Kevin Durant’s MVP speech crediting his mother, Wanda Pratt, with his success won the hearts of American mothers from Celtic to Laker territory. Delivering what could be considered a five-day-early mother’s day gift —maybe the best gift ever—Durant heralded Pratt as the real MVP when he received the 2013-14 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award.
“When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate,” he said to his mom and then continued talking as if there weren’t millions of people watching. As if it was just the two of them. “You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”
Durant captured 119 of 125 first-place votes for the accolade, but Pratt had something to say about that.
“I’m grateful for all the voters that voted his way, but I’m going to have to talk to the other six,” Pratt said—speaking like a true mother.
Al McCoy (KTR Radio), Bill Land (Spurs Television), Bob Fitzgerald (Comcast), Cedric Maxwell (WEEI Radio), Grant Napear (CSN-CA) and Steve Holman (Hawks Radio) look out. You have some explaining to do.
Athletchic would like to applaud Pratt for raising such a star (and we don’t mean basketball) and Durant for his honesty. We know that Durant’s confirmation on national TV that he was raised in poverty by a single mother was more compelling than he knows. His words gave hope to every little boy who ever went to bed hungry, and courage to every single mother who struggles to put food on the table.
“We weren’t suppose to be here,” Durant told his mother during the speech, but Athletchic begs to differ.
With due respect, Mr. Durant, oh yes you were.